New Research Uncovers the Elusive Fountain of Youth
It appears that the fountain of youth may have been within our reach all along. New research indicates that every cell of your body has a hidden key that controls how many years you walk this earth as well as when you will die. The secret to eternal youth could lie in unlocking the key.
Many doctors don't even know this key exists. But 10 years ago a group of scientists happen to stumble upon it. And they were amazed to see generations of cells multiply . . . without aging.
As fantastic as this appeared, there was a problem. Scientists didn't know just how to unlock the key. The spectacular news is . . . now they do.
It seems there is a natural mechanism in the body that accounts for aging. However, there is a compound, and in this case a key, that brings aging to a screeching halt.
The implications of this are truly astounding. For the first time it's possible to dramatically slow down and even reverse cell aging.
Genetic structures with immortalizing power.
This anti-aging breakthrough lies in a genetic structure known as a telomere. Telomeres control aging at the cellular level. Not only that, they're responsible for total health.
What exactly are telomeres?
Think of them as protected tips on the ends of your DNA. When cells divide, telomeres get shorter. Eventually, telomeres shorten to the point that cell division simply stops and your life ends.
But scientific studies reveal it is now possible to rewind the process. How? Through an enzyme called telomerase. It seems that telomerase acts upon your cells in a way that makes the telomeres grow in length. So as time goes by, instead of getting older, your cells actually get younger.
Consider the implications! The really amazing thing is that telomerase is actually in every cell of your body right now. However, as you age the gene that is responsible for telomerase production is turned off. But, once you activate telomerase, the switch is flipped and the gene is turned back on.
But it's not all about increasing the number of years you're on this earth. It's also about the quality of life you experience while living. Evidence suggests that telomere length is the main barometer of your overall health. Need proof?
Here's what the research says…
An article in the Los Angeles Times reported that the death rate from a heart attack for men was three times higher for those whose telomeres shorten the fastest. For women the death rate was 2.3 times higher.
The Journal of Gerontology stated that healthy men and women 100 years old, who were in basically good health, had telomeres that were significantly longer than those that had health problems.
The American Heart Association published a study that looked at approximately 750 people with heart disease. People in the highest risk group had telomeres shorter than others.
The National Academy of Sciences states that people with short telomeres are more likely to have a weak immune system as well as greater risk for heart disease.
Now...how to get these genetic structures to grow.
You can bet anti-aging research is working around the clock to find a way to prevent telomere shortening and how to make them longer. Based on research and expert opinions, lengthening telomeres would be the final solution to turning back the biological clock.
Until then, there are steps you can take to prevent telomere shortening in the first place.
Number one is to realize physically active people have much less erosion of telomeres than sedentary people. Exercise is one way to activate telomerase and produce an anti-aging effect.
Of course, a healthy diet, enough good quality sleep, and reducing sugar from your diet slow the aging process as well. In addition, taking care of your emotional challenges and daily stressors can do a lot to hold back Father Time.